Returning to CenturyLink Arena in Boise,ID, Bellator 205 had some of the best action this year. The main card alone featured finishes for all four of the fights on the card
Kicking off the main card action were lightweights Patricky “Pitbull” Friere(20-8 MMA) and Roger Huerta(24-5 MMA). Huerta came out strong and won the first round but got caught early in the second with a shot that wobbled and dropped him. From there, Patricky took control and landed several more shots, ending the fight early in the second. Friere’s victory puts him on a 4-fight win streak.
The next fight was a women’s flyweight bout that featured Boise’s own, Veta Arteaga(5-2 MMA) taking on Denise Kielholtz(2-2 MMA). Kielholtz, who is an elite kickboxer with a record of 47-3, was fast,accurate and she outstruck Arteaga in the first round. Arteaga couldn’t implement her ground game either, as Kielholtz had great takedown defense, stopping every attempt by Arteaga. However, Arteaga did get her ground game going in the second and dominated Kielholtz. The turning came when Kielholtz took down Arteaga. As the two were getting back to their feet, with one minute left in the second, Arteaga locked in a guillotine choke and held on as if her life depended on it, getting the tap with 39 seconds left in the round.
The co-main event was a middleweight bout featuring grappling specialists Rafael Lovato,Jr.(9-0 MMA)and John Salter(15-4 MMA). Surprisingly, the first round was fought standing up with neither fighter attempting a takedown. The second saw Lovato drop Salter with a right. From there, Lovato pounced on Salter and kept control with a loose guillotine for most of the second. The third went back and forth until the midway point when Lovato,while in the clinch, got Salter to the ground where he controlled the rest of the fight, sinking in a rear naked choke to force the tap with 33 seconds left in the bout.
The Bellator 205 main event featured undefeated featherweight A.J. McKee(12-0 MMA) and John Macapa(21-4 MMA). McKee didn’t need much time to finish this fight as he made light work of John Macapa, ending the fight with a powerful left hook that KO’d Macapa in 69 seconds of the first round.